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Target Creates Environmental Benchmarks to Promote Sustainable Products

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Minneapolis-based retail chain, Target Corp., is pushing ahead with a new goal to help consumers make ecologically smarter buying decisions. A shift in consumer choices toward sustainable products has reinforced Target’s efforts to create environmental benchmarks for a wide range of consumer products.

Farm Sanctuary Celebrates Turkeys on Thanksgiving

For many Americans​,​ turkeys are at the center of​ Thanksgiving ​celebration ​s​ as the main dish, ​although ​how this tradition started is not clear. One animal rights organization decided to give turkeys a different role during the festivities. At ​F​arm Sanctuary, they are guests of honor.

World Resources Institute Launches New Global Food Waste Protocol

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The World Resources Institute (WRI) announced the launch of a process to develop a “Global Food Loss and Waste Protocol” at the Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen. The protocol will set a global standard for measuring food loss and waste, and will help countries and businesses assess the food loss and waste that takes place within their value chains in a credible, practical and consistent way.

U.S. EPA Honors Delta Faucet Company for its Outstanding Commitment to Water Efficiency

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the Delta Faucet Company for its commitment to water efficiency by naming it as a 2013 WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year. The Delta Faucet Company was honored in Las Vegas at the sixth annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference for its efforts to support water conservation and its exceptional support to the WaterSense program in 2012.

Choosing Green Computers: A New Microsoft Website

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – GreenerITChallenge.org is an innovative website launched by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to help consumers find environment-friendly computers. Consumers can support the environment by purchasing certified PCs that have been manufactured in more sustainable ways.

New Survey: Business Travelers Favor Green Hotels

47 percent of business travelers prefer staying in a green-certified hotel to do their bit for the environment, according to Timetric’s Global Business Traveler Survey for 2013. An additional seven percent consider this decision to be extremely important. The survey shows that even if a hotel does not have an official eco-certification, but if it has ‘green’ features, it will receive a preference from business travelers.

A Legal Definition for Fair Trade: Will It Bridge the Gap?

 
(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - The Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN) recently emailed a survey to its members and supporters asking if they would support the idea of creating a legal definition of the term 'fair trade.' Of the 80 supporters they contacted only 20% were in support of this idea. 
 
Jeff Goldman, the Executive Director, spoke with me about FTRN's reasoning behind this initiative. 
 

You Reap What You Sow: Top Food Companies Ban Cruel Gestation Crates

"Their suffering is intense, widespread, expanding, systematic and socially sanctioned. And the victims are unable to organize in defence of their own interests." -- Henry Spira, founder, Animal Rights International

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